It is the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. There were also landslide at Samroli in Udhampur for which the traffic could not be restored. Not only this the traffic has also remained suspended on 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley, since January 1, 2021 due to the accumulation of snow and avalanches. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has bought sophisticated machines to put through the traffic on Kashmir highway.
The weather condition had led to frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway since its expansion and it has been a major cause of concern for the people living in Kashmir valley. Due to this conundrum it also results in increase in the rates of essential commodities by many folds.
A Beacon driver was killed on Wednesday in a snow avalanche near Zojilla during snow clearance operation on Leh highway force authorities to shut the roads. Snow clearance operation is continuing there. The Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, also remained shut due to snow since December last year. Snow clearance operation on Anantnag-Kishtwar road was also going on making the traffic on these areas very difficult for commuters.